ISLAMABAD - Recently arrested RAW operative Kul Boshan Yadav has confessed to his involvement in creating unrest and sponsoring terrorism to destabilise Pakistan.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa in a joint press conference with Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid yesterday aired a seven-minute video statement of the Indian intelligence operative in which he accepted that he was a serving Indian navy officer and working for RAW.

Kul Boshan Yadav said he was tasked to destabilise Pakistan, create unrest, sponsor terrorism and separatism in Balochistan. He also confessed to sponsoring many terrorist and subversive activities, admitted his links with Baloch separatists.

Terming the Indian spy’s arrest a ‘big achievement’, General Bajwa said Yadav was directly handled by RAW chief, RAW joint secretary and the Indian National Security Adviser.

“His goal was to disrupt development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), with Gwadar port as a special target,” Bajwa said, adding, “This is nothing short of state-sponsored terrorism... There can be no clearer evidence of Indian interference in Pakistan.”

“If intelligence or an armed forces officer of this rank is arrested in another country, it is a big achievement,” Bajwa said, before going on to play a video of Yadav confessing to Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) involvement in Balochistan separatist activities in Pakistan.

RAW operative was arrested red-handed by the law enforcement agencies in the first week of current month while infiltrating into Pakistan from the Saravan border area of Balochistan with Iran.

Bajwa said the capture of a serving Indian navy officer was a big success and proof of Indian involvement in sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan and Karachi.

Bajwa said Kul Boshan Yadav’s arrest was a rare case. “Such a case did not happen very often. The arrest of a senior serving officer engaged in performing spy missions was also a rare case,” he added.

The detained Indian spy, he said, had himself confessed that there was RAW’s involvement in Balochistan, which was nothing short of state-sponsored terrorism by India. “We have irrefutable evidence to prove that Yadav is serving Indian naval officer.”

The ISPR DG said Kul Boshan Yadav, who pretended to be a converted Muslim, was working at the coastal city of Gaddani in Balochistan under the cover of a scrap dealer.

Kul Boshan Yadav was caught red-handed by the country’s prestigious intelligence agency - Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which is well known across the world for its professional working.

The press conference started with a six-minute voluntary confessional video statement of the nabbed RAW agent.

After getting prepared his documents, Kul Boshan Yadav shifted from India to Chabbahar in Iran a long ago and established a base there, Bajwa said and added in the meantime he used to visit Pakistan and lure Baloch students to carry out anti-national and other destabilising activities by offering huge funding.

Installations in coastal areas of Gwadar, Pasni, Jiwani and other places in Balochistan were the target of the agent.

The aim of RAW officer was to disrupt future projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ISPR DG said.

Bajwa said Yadav was either involved or had information about many terror acts, including Mehran Base attack, bomb blast in Gwadar, SSP Aslam Chaudhary’s murder, Tiger Force’s constitution and Baloch nationalists’ terrorist activities.

He was given the task to attack a five-star hotel in Gwadar where Chinese nationals were used to stay, he said.

Bajwa said Kul Boshan Yadav, who was working as a jeweller, was responsible for infiltration of 30 to 40 new RAW agents in to Pakistan. He was caught with maps and three different currencies.

Answering a question regarding Iran’s spy agency for facilitating the Indian agent to reach Pakistan, the ISPR DG said it was never stated that the Iranian intelligence or government was involved in that operation.

“I cannot claim Iran is involved but if their soil is used then we request them not to allow such activities. Iran has seconded our request that she will not let it happen.”

“Pakistan and Iran have been in communication at intelligence agencies’ level and we have been sharing information with Iran.”

Referring to the meeting of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, he stated the COAS had referred the matter saying Iran should not let India use her territory for subversive activities (against Pakistan).

The matter of fortifying the Pak-Iran border was also discussed in the meeting, he added.

Replying to another question, the ISPR DG said intelligence-based operations were being carried out in parts of the country and especially after the Lahore blast, five operations were carried out jointly by intelligence agencies, Pakistan Army and Rangers.

Even at this very moment of the press conference, operations were continuing in and around Rawalpindi and Multan, he added. “Wherever there are terrorists, there will be an army operation,” he said.

Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid said Pakistan had taken up the issue of Indian spy Kul Boshan Yadav with India at an appropriate level, besides registering strong protest.

“We have fulfilled our responsibilities, the Foreign Office summoned Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan and taken up the spy issue with him,” he told reporters.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif knew very well about his national obligations and had been performing them since long.

Answering a question, he said more information was being gathered from the arrested Indian spy that would be produced before the court to decide his fate.

Replying to another question, the minister said that operations against terrorists were being conducted following the information being received from the intelligence agencies.

He said that information-based operations were being carried out against the groups, infrastructure and individuals involved in anti-state and terrorist activities.

Pervaiz Rashid said it was the sole discretion of the provincial governments that what kind and scale of support from the armed forces and law enforcement agencies was required to conduct operations against the disgruntled elements.

The minister said, “We act in the light of the intelligence reports we receive, and assign the task to different forces, including police, Rangers and Army as per our need for the operations.”